Strengths: Good looking wheels, very light & very fast.
Weaknesses: Broken spokes in front wheel.
I am having the same problem as many others with broken spokes. They always seem to snap
inside the nipples. My question is has anyone come up with a solution, as I would love to keep
riding these wheels. Maybe different nipples or spokes!! Please let me know guys.
Date Reviewed: June 6, 2013
Strengths: Light, Spin up fast, good looking wheels.
Weaknesses: The spokes: I weigh 175lbs and I broke spokes constantly, front wheel back wheel they just were not very strong. Because of the low spoke count particularly in the front a broken spoke would cause the wheel to go so out of round, it was tough to road true it just so I could get home. Took my first set back, and the second set did the same thing. I have Easton wheels on my Mt. bike and have had zero problems with them, but I wouldn't spend the money on these, there are too many other choices out there to rick constant trip to the bike shop to get these fixed.
Mavic and DT both make wheels that are comparable in price and weight to the EA90SLX wheels. I liked the Easton's when they were working but riding a wobbling wheel 25 miles back home is just not cool.
Strengths: Light, responsive and comfortable. Easy to adjust preload bearing setting.
Weaknesses: None yet.
This is a short term review. I only have about 400 miles on these wheels, but I like them. So far no issues at all. I did tighten the hub twice,but it just takes a 19mm wrench and about 2 seconds so I like the feature versus others that are very hard to adjust. I find them pretty quick and agile without being too harsh. I weigh 185 and these are pretty stiff wheels given my size. So far, so good!
Purchased these when they first came out in 2010. Ceramic bearings, low weight, asymmetric front and rear rim depths plus all the goodies such as rim strips and skewers, alloy brake surface, and did I mention low weight, great strength to weight ratio and durability? Have ridden (and raced) these wheels all over the world with more than 4k miles on this pair in 3 years (yeah, I have 5 other bikes, and countless wheelsets, so share your jokes about my mileage with your loser grandmother) with no issues. They've stayed true, with no rim cracks and/or spoke issues (Dear Mr Zipp, call me when you get a chance!) and the bearings still spin forever, maybe longer than that.
My major complaint lies with the R4 hubs. I've had them rebuilt to factory specs twice and they still have about 2-3 mm side-to-side wobble. This wobbliness causes noticeable drift in any moderate turn and forget about crits. Go straight and they're heaven. My Bontrager friends say this is par for the course but I'm smart enough not to listen to them. Wondering if I should upgrade to Chris King hubs or EBAY them and move on.
None of the spoke issues mentioned on other posts has affected my wheels.
Favorite Ride: On a road, any road, anywhere, anytime...
Purchased At: Online
Similar Products Used: Mavic, Williams, Shimano, other Easton wheels, FIR, Zipp, HED etc.
Bike Setup: Isaac, Colnago, BMC, Lightspeed, De Bernardi, Cervelo, Fuji, do I really need to continue, or do you get the idea here?
a Road Racer
Date Reviewed: April 12, 2013
Strengths: Lightweight, smooth rolling with no overly loud hub freewheel.
Very easy to adjust the preload on the wheels with a cone spanner.
Weaknesses: Could come with black spokes
Guess what? 500 miles and no broken spokes nor even truing adjustment needed. I suspect there is some user failure at hand with the previous reviews stating spoke failure.
Sapim has been in business since 1918 and has the most exacting quality control standards guaranteeing every spoke is of high quality.
I have had absolutely no problem with these wheels since installation.
Additinally I have a purchased carbon Haven MTB wheelset two years ago and had the hubs converted by Easton to accept through axles. absolutely nothing but praise for this company.
I weigh 145 pounds and always conduct myself in a friendly, courteous manner when dealing with those manufacturers I rely on to keep me rolling.
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